Richard Bloom campaign/Betsy Butler campaign
Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom claims victory over Assemblywoman Betsy Butler in the close 50th Assembly District race.
Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom has declared himself the victor over Assemblywoman Betsy Butler in the race to represent a Westside district in the state Assembly more than three weeks after the polls closed.
Butler was out of state and had not yet made a public statement about the race or its outcome, said her spokesman Andrew DeBlock. Her campaign consultant Parke Skelton told the Los Angeles Times that it appears she has lost the race.
Bloom could not be reached immediately for comment.
More than 75,000 ballots from precincts across Los Angeles County remained to be processed and counted after Wednesday's latest resuts showed Bloom leading by 1,246 votes. The county Registrar-Recorder's office plans to finish counting those ballots Friday afternoon, with a final count set for Sunday, if necessary, to meet the state's Dec. 4 deadline to turn in results.
Congressman Xavier Becerra in front of Capitol. His fellow Democrats have chosen him to serve as their Caucus Chairman, moving him to the #4 power position in the House of Representatives.
LA Congressman Xavier Becerra took a step up in Capitol Hill leadership this morning.
His fellow House Democrats elected him as their new Caucus Chairman.
Becerra says the job is similar to that of a member of Congress. "Just as I have to represent 700 thousand people in my Congressional district," he says, "I now have to represent 200 Democrats in the House and do everything possible to make sure that they do well."
The move means Becerra becomes the number four Democrat in the House.
California also claims the top Democrat in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and the number three Republican, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the GOP House Whip.
Los Angeles Fire Department
The Los Angeles Times is reporting on a major security breach at the Los Angeles Fire Department, where a billing company inappropriately accessed patients' Social Security numbers.
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
A billing company used by the Los Angeles Fire Department illegally obtained personal information from patients, including Social Security numbers and birth dates, reports the Los Angeles Times. A criminal investigation is ongoing. As many as 900 people may have been victimized.
The city of San Bernardino has stopped making payments to its employee pension plan, according to KPCC. Representatives for CalPERS want to sue the city for the $13 million it should have received this fiscal year.
Richard Bloom campaign/Betsy Butler campaign
Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom leads Assemblywoman Betsy Butler in the close 50th Assembly District race.
An updated ballot count in the close race to represent Westside cities in the state Assembly shows Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom ahead of incumbent Assemblywoman Betsy Butler by 1,246 votes. That's a lead of less than one percent of the more than 181,000 votes counted in the race.
Both candidates are Democrats. Butler represented a different area before district lines were redrawn. Under a new state law, the top two candidates in a district advance to the runoff, even if they are from the same party.
The Registrar-Recorder has been updating the results after twice-weekly counts of mail-in, polling place drop-off and provisional ballots. Some 70,000 to 75,000 ballots countywide remain to be processed and counted by the Dec. 4 deadline to report final results to the Secretary of State. It's unknown how many of those include votes from the 50th District.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano of El Monte spoke Wednesday at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus event to call for comprehensive immigration reform.
Suddenly, immigration is the buzz word on Capitol Hill. A pair of Republican Senators floated their idea Tuesday for giving legal status to illegal young people, and the House of Representatives is expected to vote Friday on a visa bill. But the chances of a comprehensive immigration bill passing both the House and Senate anytime soon remain slim.
Shortly after the election, House Speaker John Boehner seemed to open the door to immigration reform. He called for a "common sense, step-by-step approach, it would secure our borders, allow us to enforce our laws and fix a broken immigration system."
L.A. Congressman Xavier Becerra, a top Democrat in the House, says Boehner isn’t the only Republican talking immigration, citing both talk show host Sean Hannity and Super PAC leader Karl Rove.
"The question is no longer if," said Becerra, "it’s when. Will we get a solid, sensible bill done? That’s the question."